By Helen Castaño | 03:51 PM July 05, 2021
Bohol 3rd district Rep. Alexie Besas-Tutor has urged her collegues at the House of Representatives to priotize the passage on bills on transportation safety after in the wake of crashes of PAF C-130 and Blackhawk choppers.
“I expect the proper investigations to be conducted by the PAF and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines,” said Tutor.
A Philippine Air Force (PAF) C130 transport plane carrying 96 personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) crash landed in Patikul, Sulu on Sunday morning, July 4, killing at least 45 individuals.
Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, AFP Chief of Staff, said the military plane with tail no. 5125 was carrying troops from Cagayan de Oro when it missed the runway while trying to land in Barangay Bangkal, Patikul around 11:30 a.m.
The ill-fated aircraft was carrying 96 soldiers onboard: three pilots, five air crew, and 88 passengers, according to Joint Task Force Sulu commander, Maj. Gen. William Gonzales.
Tutor said the incident came too soon after the recent crash of a newly-acquired Blackhawk helicopter.
“Also very recently, we Boholanos mourned the untimely death of Captain Aurelios Olano, my kababayan who hailed from Candijay, Bohol. The 32-year-old Boholano pilot died last April 27 when a McDonnel Douglas 52-MG Defender attack helicopter of the PAF crashed into the sea while on a maintenance flight in Getafe, Bohol,” she said.
Tutor said these tragedies also highlighted the need for thorough aircraft inspections and continuing flight training.
” Relevant as well is the need for a transportation safety board to independently investigate aircraft crashes, ship sinkings, train derailments, multiple vehicle crashes, and other major transport safety incidents,” she said.
There have been bills filed on transportation safety which Tutor hopes Congress will prioritize and regard as urgent.